Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has today welcomed the Coalition Government’s $321.4 million commitment to bolster the capability of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and strengthen the protection of all Australians.
The funding will provide for an additional 100 intelligence experts, more than 100 tactical response and covert surveillance operators, and almost 100 forensic specialists to advance our fight against crime and terrorism.
Senator Scullion said the investment represented the largest single funding boost for the AFP’s domestic policing capabilities in a decade.
“No government is more committed to giving our law enforcement agencies the powers and resources they need to protect our communities than the Coalition,” Senator Scullion said.
“This additional funding for the AFP, who work hand-in-hand with their state and territory counterparts, will help keep the Territory safe by targeting priority areas including illicit drugs and criminal gangs.”
Minister Keenan said the new experts would fast-track investigations and lock-up criminals sooner.
“These specialists will target areas of priority including terrorism, criminal gangs, drugs, organised crime, cybercrime, fraud and anti-corruption,” Minister Keenan said.
“This will make the AFP a more responsive and robust organisation with expert skills and world-leading technology at its core.”
This is the first step in the AFP’s 10-year plan to deliver a new vision for the organisation which will define and map its long-term priorities and ensure it has the tools, skills, training and capabilities needed to protect Australians.
The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring the AFP continues to have every resource and capability necessary to protect our nation and our way of life.
Key elements of the investment will comprise:
- Specialist Response Capabilities: Police negotiators, tactical response officers, bomb response technicians and canine resources specialising in drug, cash and explosive detection.
- Covert Physical and Technical Capabilities: Physical surveillance teams, covert online investigators, undercover operation members and police technical teams.
- Forensics and Intelligence Capabilities: Digital forensics, crime scene investigators, firearms and armoury specialists, biometric experts, forensic intelligence analysts, and operational intelligence professionals.